Seven guards and two other Big Apple jail employees smuggled in drugs, alcohol, cell phones and weapons in exchange for thousands of dollars, federal authorities said Wednesday.
The busted workers included Tameka Lewis, a 41-year-old Department of Correction counselor who pocketed the largest amount of cash, the feds said.
Between June 2019 and September 2020, she allegedly accepted more than $40,000 in bribes, including $11,400 paid through the mobile payment service, Cash App, the court docs say.
Lewis allegedly texted with family members of inmates to set up the smuggling of synthetic marijuana, K2, into the Otis Bantum Correctional Center on Rikers Island, according to one of the indictments unsealed in the Southern District.
Three corrections officers — Miguel Compress, 35, Temaine Pelzer, 45, and Brian Harrell, 60 — snuck various contraband, including cigarettes, razors, marijuana and cell phones, into the Manhattan Detention Complex in exchange for over $20,000 in 2019 into early 2020, according to authorities.